Why you ask? Because I don't trust Verizon anymore, and I didn't want to suggest downloading anything that could drive a BlackBerry Storm user closer to launching this phone off a cliff. I wanted to put in a few days of testing and see if this really is the update we were all waiting for. I'm happy to say... it is!
How do I know? Because for 5 days straight my BalckBerry Storm worked. Yeah that's right, it worked. No Joke. No hangups, better response time, no battery pulls. I know to all of you other smartphone users, this doesn't sound impressive. But, for a Storm user, having the phone work is a blessing in itself at this point.
A few people have had issues with the new OS erasing their contacts and addresses because of how they completed the update, but you should always back-up your BlackBerry before an update. I had the same issue, and with a quick restore from my latest back-up, everything loaded back in.
Other than that hiccup, I haven't had another issue. The phone is much more responsive especially on the home menu and with scrolling. It just feels like a much more stable program all together. The accelerometer is still not perfect but it's much, much faster. I don't type in portrait mode much, but I can at least use the new QWERTY keyboard effectively and easily. I'm pretty sure I looked like a monkey with a math problem when trying to use the old portrait mode SureType keyboard. I don't use my camera a lot either, but the camera functions have been mostly fixed as well. There use to be a white screen delay of nearly 3 seconds between when you snapped a photo and when the camera actually took the picture and displayed the image. It's now virtually instant, just like a real camera.
I guess that's my whole point about this update. The Blackberry Storm now works like a REAL smartphone. I honestly feel like I bought a new phone last Sunday.
A full list of the fixes included in 126.96.36.199 is below: